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His terse lines on Life are more familiar :
Like to the falling of a star,
Sir H. Wotton's admired lines, entitled The Happy Life, are well worthy of a place among the most perfect passages of our English poetry :
How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another's win;
And simple truth his utmost skill!
Whose soul is still prepared for death-
Of public fame or private breath!
Wotton is also justly celebrated for his brilliant sianzas addressed to the Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I.
You meaner beauties of the night,
That poorly satisfy pur eyes
You common people of the skies,
Ye violets, that first appear,
By your pure, purple mantles known,-
As if the Spring were all your own,
What are you when the rose is blown?
That warble forth dame Nature's lays,
By your weak accents; what's your praise
So, when my mistress shall be seen,
In sweetness of her looks and mind;
Tell me, if she was not designed
Another of those courtly minstrels was Sir John SUCKLING ; and here, with some of his graceful contributions to our poetic anthology, we conclude the first of our evening studies :
Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Pr’ythee, why so pale?
Looking ill prevail ?
Why so pale and mute, young sinner?
Pr’ythee, why so mute?
Saying nothing do't? ;
Quit, quit, for shame ; this will not move,
This cannot take her ;
Nothing can make her ;
His most celebrated piece is The Wedding, written in honour of the beautiful daughter of the Earl of Suffolk. Here are a few of the
Her finger was so small, the ring
It was too wide a peck:
And to say truth, for out it must,
About our young colt's neck.
Her feet beneath her petticoat,
As if they feared the light.
Is half so fine a sight.
Her cheeks so rare a white was on,
(Who sees them is undone); For streaks of red were mingled there Such as are on a Catharine pear
(The side that's next the sun).
Her lips were red, and one was thin, Compared to that was next her chin
(Some bee had scung it newly); But, Dick, her eyes so guard her face, I durst no more upon
gaze Than on the sun in Júly.